The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is currently featuring “The Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection,” which runs through Sept. 9.
The museum acquired the print collection in 2006 through a generous donation from Penney, which was partially funded by the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from the Thomas A. Lytle family. The world's largest Falls collection contains more than 900 images.
Penney’s nephew, Christopher W. Lane organized the collection into seven thematic categories: Hennepin and Derivatives; A Variety of Depictions; Niagara As a Symbol; Popular Prints; Prints for the Wealthy; Extraordinary Events; and Maps. The current exhibit is representative of the larger collection.
The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Contact Michael Beam, curator of Exhibitions and Special Projects, at 286-8286.